CHICAGO (AP) — A jury could soon get the case of a man who prosecutors say shot and killed a 15-year-old high school honor student who became a national symbol of Chicago gun violence.
Closing arguments are planned Thursday in the case of Micheail Ward, who is accused of shooting Hadiya Pendleton as she and several other students visited a park at the end of a school day in 2013. He declined to testify on his own behalf.
Pendleton died just days after she performed as a majorette with her high school band at President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities.
Ward’s co-defendant, Kenneth Williams, was found guilty Wednesday of charges including first-degree murder. He was accused of being the getaway driver. Two separate juries were empaneled to hear the cases against the men.
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